Carola & I
the main square of Ulricehamn
the old town of Ulricehamn
Today we went to Ulricehamn. Dale and I wandered around my old school for a bit. It looked really different. They have added a number of outbuildings and a whole second story. Times have changed. We went by the house I used to live in and I appreciated how “uphill” everything was. The town is built on the side of a hill. The bottom of town starts at the lake and moves up with the train station, shopping streets and houses and the school is at the top. The woods that were behind the school are now houses. We were lucky enough to connect with Carola Ӧstmark, the mother of the family I stayed with. She had been in Stockholm until today and was going to be in meetings for the rest of the week. It was good to see her. Bengt, the father of the family, died of cancer 5 years ago. They had moved out of Ulricehamn to a small acreage nearby shortly after their youngest daughter graduated high school. They lived in their new house for almost 25 years until they decided to move back into a condo in town. They had just finished building the apartment style condo and were preparing to move in when Bengt died. Carola had sold her antique store after only a few years to work in the tourism centre as a director and guide. She worked there for 15 years before retiring. She is now 80 and appears to be going strong. She still gardens in a communal plot and consults with the tourism board about local historical sites. She is busy with her 7 grandchildren. Henrik, the eldest, lives in Stockholm and is a technical physicist who is an explosives expert working for the Swedish Defense agency. He is a world expert on things that can blow up. Anders lives near the family’s summer house in a community near Stockholm. He is a software engineering for Bombardier train systems. Ingela, who was an exchange student in the states when I was in Sweden, lives with her family in Gӧteborg and is the Deputy Director of Investigations for Swedish Customs. It was great to catch up with Carola and learn what has happened in the past 33 years.
We left Carola to go and wander the main shopping street of Ulricehamn and then to meet Monica for supper. We had a great visit and a lovely meal by the lake. We then returned to Jӧnkӧpping after our walks down memory lane.